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Google Maps brings CO2-optimized route planning and other innovations to Europe

Google is currently working hard on the route options of its map service. Among other things, the CO2-friendly route planning and a few other innovations are coming to Google Maps.

Google Maps is one of the most popular map services in the world. Users can use the application both on the desktop and mobile. Among other things, real-time maps with route information and much more are available. For many, the service has become an indispensable part of everyday life – from searching for a specific address to getting information on traffic jams on the way to vacation. Google therefore regularly provides Maps with updates. Via its blog, Google has now announced further innovations, which will primarily come to Europe.

More climate-friendly driving with Google Maps update

Since March 2021, it has been possible in the USA and now also in Canada to select the route with the lowest CO2 consumption in addition to the expected fastest route. An AI calculates this route based on fuel consumption, among other things. Incidentally, this applies to both internal combustion engines and e-cars.

At Google I/O 2022, the company had already announced its intention to bring the climate-friendly feature to Europe this summer; atechbook reported. Now it is known that we can probably expect the corresponding update for Google Maps already in the summer months. This is certainly exciting both with regard to the climate and one’s own wallet. If the travel times for the fastest and the most environmentally friendly route are close to each other, Google Maps will automatically select the latter option after the update.

Users will be able to store vehicle information in the future

The next upcoming innovation complements the more climate-friendly routes. As just mentioned, both drivers of combustion engines and e-cars will be able to use the climate-optimized route option. In the source code of a beta update, analysts have discovered corresponding hints.

The innovation in this regard will be that you can store detailed information about your vehicle in the future. It is well known that the type of vehicle you drive plays an important role in energy consumption. However, it is not yet officially known how detailed the possible information will be. The most likely scenario, according to analysts, is a breakdown by gasoline, diesel, electric car or hybrid.

Google Maps brings “Preferred modes

This will be accompanied by a general adaptation of the user interface. For example, some beta users in the U.S. have been reporting for some time that they can plan their routes in more detail by excluding certain modes of transportation from the outset.

Since mid-June, there has also been the additional option – unfortunately only in the U.S. so far – of filtering by tolls. This feature should also be interesting for many people on vacation in this country. Avoiding toll roads in general has been necessary with the map service for some time. In the future, however, it will probably be possible to obtain exact prices for the individual routes. Whether the function will come to us this summer is questionable. However, anyone who spends their summer vacation in the USA, Japan, Indonesia or India can test the feature directly.


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